11 Quirky Camden Town Shops to visit
How to make the most of Camden Town Shops
It can be overwhelming to navigate your way through the many eccentric Camden Town shops, especially if it’s your first time.
My advice is to start your walk from Camden Town tube station and turn left towards Camden High Street. Alongside high street stores and designer brands like Fred Perry, American Apparel, Vans and tattoo, and piercing parlours, you’ll come across many shops that have closed. Camden High Street’s road can be narrow, cars parked on both sides of the road, not to mention, having to bump into people as you walk past, but the beauty of Camden is its vibrant colours, vibrant atmosphere, and individualism.
On your right, you’ll see many souvenir shops selling sunglasses, London keyrings, magnets, phone cases, and punk outfits. Some punk stores are hidden in a dark underground. You’ll see tartan (plaid) skirts, spiky boots, colourful wigs from neon green, yellow, orange, and red. You’ll often hear punk, rock, and alternative music playing in the background, while the shopkeeper with his dark eyeshadows, spiky hair, and silver teeth greet and serve you as you buy your goods.
There are also vintage shops scattered around and it’s as if you’ve stepped back into the 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 30s, and the 20s as you can never choose which items to buy.
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What is Camden Town famous for?
When people think about Camden Town London, they think about vintage, rock, punk, eccentricity, trendy, young, colourful, and fashionable all rolled into one. There are plenty of things to do in Camden Town, whether you want to buy the latest vintage, punk or rock gear or walk-through Little Venice on the Regent’s Canal, admiring Georgian houses, and boathouses. You’re either mixed with the bustling crowds or feel at peace with nature.
Expect most people wearing spiky silver black boots, and spiky colourful hair and biker jackets holding a Union Jack flag. Camden Town is open to the LGBT community and individualism too. Don’t worry, you can still wear your casual clothes, but if you want to experience eccentricity and vintage, then Camden Town is the place to be.
Offspring is part of the Office brand, a chained shoe store scattered around London. Offspring Camden has two floors that only sell brand sneakers and trainers like Nike and Adidas, and converses. Although the store is small compared to other trainers’ stores, Offspring do have a great selection of designs to choose from, but in terms of finding types of trainers/sneakers, their stocks are quite limited.
You can also check out the leather jacket store next door. Every time I come here, I always smell the old and new aroma of leather as I window shop in the store.
Next to the leather jacket shop, have a sneak peek into Rokit, the vintage and branded fashion store. Rokit used to be the shop people talked about in the 90s, but not a lot of people talk about it now.
From classic vintage polka dot skirts, to sportswear and denim from the 80s and 90s to military and menswear, Rokit has everything. They also have a store in Covent Garden and Brick Lane if you happen to pop by in that area. The shop here feels quite constricted when walking around but it’s enjoyable when you’re digging for buried treasure.
The Namaste store really stands out from the crowd in Camden High Street. Situated next to Rokit, Namaste offers Indian arts and crafts. When I come in here, I can always smell the strong incense sticks and as you enter the store, it’s as if you’ve stepped inside Aladdin’s cave. You’ll find bright colourful dreamcatchers, colourful Indian ethnic handbags, colourful Indian fabric, vintage lanterns, and lampshades and many more. Like Rokit, the shop can be messy, but it’s nice to dig deep to find buried treasure.
As you walk further up the high street, you’ll notice a green sign that says “Camden Market” offering more British souvenirs, sunglasses, I Love London jumpers and sweater, vintage, rock, and punk outfits. As you enter the market, you’ll feel swamped in punk, retro, and British souvenirs. The paths here are quite narrow, but like any other stores in Camden High Street, you’ll never know what buried treasures you’ll find.
Situated next to Regent’s Canal, where you’ll find several restaurants and cafes by the docks, visit the All Saints store, if your budget can afford it. They’re always doing a sale there, but for me, the prices can still be expensive. Every time I pass this store, the signature sewing machines hung on the 24-foot store windows represent the store’s brands. You’ll find 9 All Saints stores scattered around London. If you happen to live in Europe, the All Saints should be familiar to you.
E&E is situated next to the bridge overlooking Regent’s Canal. E&E is a boutique jewellery store, where you won’t find any designs from the high street. From sterling silver rings, to freshwater pearls and stone earrings to gemstones, you’re sure to find something for your loved ones. When I stepped inside the small shop, everything looked so golden and bright, and the store seemed to be tidy and organised.
While you’re here, there are many restaurants, cafes, and pubs to choose from if you want to sip your drink by Regent’s Canal.
As you go up the high street, you’ll notice the famous green and yellow Camden Lock mural painted on the railway bridge. Turn left, this is where you can get lost in all the markets scattered here.
If you’re looking for something to wear to a festival, a rave or just clubbing in Electric Ballroom, then head over to Cyberdog. You’ll find the craziest outfits, illuminous outfits and many more. Situated in Camden Market, you won’t miss the two giant tinmen in front of the entrance. As you go inside, it’s as if you’ve come inside an underground rave. Admire the aliens scattered around the shop.
As you enter the tea shop, you can smell different aromas of tea, see different colours, flavours, and a great for afternoon tea at home with your scones and cakes. Camden Tea Shop is great for tea lovers and it’s situated behind Cyberdog. You’ll find herbal teas, Japanese flavoured infusions, ayurvedic tea, many infusion choices and so much more. The shop is exceptionally small, only around 5 people can have a browse, but the shopkeeper really does know her stuff.
The character shop front still holds the 19th Century architecture. Situated in Stables Market, along the cobbled pathway, near Camden Tea Shop, Camden Watch Company sells traditional British watches with “Camden” typed inside the watches. It’s a great shop to buy souvenirs and gift ideas.
Funky Town is also situated in Stables Market. Like Rokit, Funky Town is a small shop selling vintage and retro outfits covering 6 decades of styles. The great thing about Funky Shop is its colourful neon store front and Funky Town Café upstairs. It has a 60s and 70s vibe to the shop and they always have a sale on. Check it out.
To home from London is a great shop selling British themed souvenirs. From Union Jack coasters to Union Jack cushions as well as British mugs for your loved ones. To Home from London are all handcrafted, and you’ll find Harry Potter, Spice Girls and British rocker themed items like Amy Winehouse mugs, Queen, Mick Jagger and many more.
So, there you have it, 11 quirky shops in Camden Town. There are more shops that are quirkier and funkier. It can’t get any better than Camden Town, home of the misfits, the eccentrics, the LGBT community, and the rockers. You could spend half a day socialising in Camden Town. Similar to Camden Market is Portobello Market, which sell vintage, antiques and souvenirs.
If you’re looking for things to do around Camden Town, check out Regent Street, one of 8 royal parks of London. Madame Tussaud’s is a few minutes’ walk, on the other side of Regent Street. If you come from elsewhere, take the tube to Baker Street, it would be a 1 minute walk from the station.